FEMALES make up the majority of graduands this year at the Solomon Islands National University (SINU), marking a historic turning point in gender parity.
Out of total 865 graduands yesterday 63 percent are females and 37 percent are males.
SINU Acting Vice Chancellor Dr Jack Maebuta said even though it is not gender balanced but it a very commendable achievement to see more females graduating and empowered through education.
“Let’s give our female graduands a round of applause. By programs, 2-percent graduate with post graduate diploma, 28-percent graduate with a bachelor’s degree, 42-percent with diplomas and 28-percent with certificate programs. Of the total 865, 387 graduands were from the Faculty of Education and Humanities which is 45-percent.
“This is followed by Faculty of Nursing, Medicine and Health Sciences with 182 graduands and Faculty of Business and Tourism with 146,” he said.
Dr Maebuta said, the remaining are from Faculty of Science and Technology with 88 and Faculty of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries with 62.
“Today (yesterday) also see the second cohort of our Postgraduate Diploma in Health Leadership and Management with a total of 19 graduands,” Dr Maebuta said.
The ceremony was held at Maranatha Conference Centre.
By FOLLET JOHN